Mar. 4 - 9:30 AM TO 12:00 PM
Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Violence/Victim Blaming
Participants will learn how to build necessary collaborative relationships with community partners and use information to empower survivors. The “In Her Shoes” interactive activity allows attendees the opportunity to walk in the path of a survivor and experience the barriers and limitations encountered. This session also allows advocates to become more familiar with victim blaming statements and the negative impact they have on survivors and their families.
Difficult Conversations with a Focus on Hope and Resilience
Discussing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with parents doesn’t have to be daunting. Participants will learn how to be prepared and have a toolbox full of strategies. Join us as we discuss how to take life’s lemons and make lemonade. Participants will learn how to use a Hope map and how to infuse visits with resilience-building activities.
Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Home Visiting Clients and Their Children
This session will focus on how to better incorporate sexual and reproductive health into the home visiting program. Participants will engage in discussion, reflection, and other activities on how they can better support the sexual health of their clients and clients’ children.
ASK About Suicide to Save a Life
The session gives an overview of the basic epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behavior, including risk and protective factors. Participants are trained to recognize warning signs — behaviors and characteristics that might indicate elevated risk for suicidal behavior — and how to intervene with a person they think might be at risk for suicide.
Race to the Table SC - Conversations Advancing Interracial Relationships
Participants will engage in a facilitated dialogue on personal perceptions about racial concepts, responding to real-life examples of racial issues, becoming change agents, and widening circles of diversity through personal commitments.
Breakout Session 1
Mar. 4 - 3:00 PM TO 4:15 PM
This interactive workshop will engage participants in using four tools to understand their leadership in a collaborative context and help them learn how to work better with others toward common goals.
Building on the Flavor and Uniqueness of Each Family
This workshop is a celebration of families and the privileged role of the home visitor. It examines the characteristics that we all recognize as basic to healthy family functioning, focuses on what the home visitor can practically do to promote these characteristics, and rejoices in the possibilities.
Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies
This session will explore the meaning of infant/early childhood mental health, how it is relevant to the role of child-serving professionals, and equip them to support the mental health of young children and their families. It will also share opportunities to become endorsed in the new Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies.
Attachment, Bonding and Communication Through Infant Massage
Participants will gain an understanding of how nurturing touch promotes bonding and attachment, how it assists in early brain development, and how infant massage promotes parent/infant communication. Participants will learn a simple activity that encourages body ownership, respect and trust.
Breakout Session 2
Mar. 5 - 10:45 AM TO 12:00 PM
Making Data Count in Your Work
Data are a great way to start conversations on progress, priorities and next steps. This session focuses on key data points from South Carolina’s KIDS COUNT and statewide Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative, and it will provide tips for visualizing your data, including becoming familiar with free resources and tools.
Home Visit Safety
Creepy crawlies, mean dogs and dicey neighborhoods are all just part of the daily work life of a home visitor. Attend this workshop session to learn new tricks and tips to protect yourself and not bring your “work” home with you.
Drug Endangered Children: Caught in the Opioid Crisis
This session will provide an overview of drug endangered children in our state and the impact of the opioid crisis on children. Challenges and opportunities will be discussed in the identification, prevention and coordination of care for these children, as well as how professionals can collaborate with the community for a coordinated response.
Reflective Supervision: Processing Our Professional Experiences
Reflection means stepping back from the immediate, intense experience of hands-on work and taking the time to wonder what the experience means. In this session, we’ll examine reflection in a supervisory relationship and how it can strengthen and deepen the work of the professional.
A Walk Through the Milestones
This workshop will identify developmental milestones for children from birth through age 5. Through interactive exercises, participants will learn about the CDC’s “Learn the Signs, Act Early” (LTSAE) materials and how to assist caregivers in monitoring their child’s development. The Protective Factor Framework will be presented with a focus on how LTSAE materials can enhance a family’s protective factors.
Mar. 5 - 1:15 PM TO 2:45 PM
Growing Impactful Community Conversations
This session will cover lessons learned from community engagement work by empowering participants to plug into their communities at a deeper level and encouraging the parents they serve to do so as well. Work supporting children and families is all about relationships – strong connections with families are critical to providing the tools they need to succeed.
This workshop will define the importance of early literacy and pre-literacy skills in early childhood development. Several community partnerships in the Midlands will be highlighted. Audience members will gain hands-on experience in building strategies to work with children in addition to observation and discussion.
The field of home visiting has increasingly recognized the importance of fathers and the impact they have on their child’s health and development. Participants will explore the benefits for the child, family and father, as well as discuss strategies for providing support to the family as a whole.
Building Trust with Families of Different Cultures
As a service provider, connecting and building trust with families can often be challenging. This session offers participants the opportunity to discuss strategies to engage with families of different cultures, address barriers they’ve encountered in the field, and practice empathy in their approach to the work.
Program Evaluation in South Carolina
Program evaluation plays a critical role in measuring the impact of our work. This panel session will highlight the work of Nurse-Family Partnership’s Pay for Success project as well as findings from Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success evaluation. Participants will gain strategies for strengthening their program evaluation and discuss evaluation in the context of sustainability.